The rise of Hitler – hexagon cards

Hexagon learning, first promoted by David Didau [the sagacious Learning Spy – follow his blog!], is a wonderful way for students to review their learning and to review a topic. Here are some hexagon cards on the topic of the rise of HItler which I made recently. If any needs any more explanation on how to use these then I am more than happy to write an overview blog post on how they can be useful in History.

The Rise of Hitler – Hexagonal Learning

Slave Boom Towns in Britain lesson

These lesson resources focus upon the impact the slave trade had on the boom towns, such as Liverpool and Bristol. The resources include a PowerPoint with starter, content and plenary and a worksheet, which involves creating an importance continuum. Also I have included a You Tube video of The Beatles song Penny Lane which can be used as part of the starter.

Hope you enjoy!

Slave Boom Towns

Slavery Boom Towns worksheet

Independent Learning grid

This independent learning grid was taken from Dale Banham’s recent SHP conference resources. I have given my sixth form students a booklet of these grids, which I mark every two weeks and write questions and make points about what the students have been doing outside my lessons. Ideal for creating a learning dialogue which teachers must evidence according to the OFSTED criteria. Also this creates a point of discussion between teacher and student for any 1:1 feedback. I have also included a completed exemplar for my students as a guide.

This created some interest on a recent Ukedchat on Twitter and hope that fellow tweachers find it as useful as I have.

THE 5Rs LEARNING LOG – Grid page

THE 5Rs LEARNING LOG – example page

Henry VIII early foreign policy – a success or a waste of resources? A level lesson materials

These lesson materials are for an A Level class who are studying the foreign policy of Henry VIII. The resources include a worksheet with a series of cards on them which need to be colour coded in terms of which foreign policy aims they fit under and a sort exercise from which students write a report and reach a substantiated conlclusion. What is also included are teacher content notes, which I also share with the class. Good wider reading to go with this material are David Loades’ new book, Henry VIII and the Flagship History volume – England 1485-1603.

Early foreign policy of Henry VIII

Early foreign policy of Henry VIII worksheet

Using word clouds the Lazy Way

This blog post originally appeared in my first blog on Posterous and contains updated material. This work was inspired by Jim Smith’s INSET on Outstanding Lazy Teaching.

Word clouds have become a very popular resource in classrooms and are very easy to make as well as there are plenty of examples to grab off the internet. Although Wordle is the most popularly known word cloud creator, I have found http://www.tagxedo.com much better as it allows you to make word clouds in different shapes such as people’s faces. As a result, I have made word clouds from speeches in the shape of the person who made them as well as lyrics in the shape of the singer who sang the song and key words for a topic in shapes that relate to the topic.

Hitler becomes Chancellor Speech Tagxedo

Wilfred Owen Dulce Tagxedo

The examples above show in the shape of Hitler his first speech as Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and the second shape is in the shape of Wilfred Owen with the words from Dulce Et Decorum Est. These can be used in a variety of ways such as –

• Ask students to pick three words from the word cloud and explain their significance to what they have learnt in the lesson.
• Ask students to justify why some words are bigger than others in the word cloud.
• Ask students to create a sentence summarising what they have learned in the lesson using at least three words used in the word cloud.

However, the best use of word clouds can be for a main lesson activity rather than a starter or plenary and that is when students create their own word cloud. The stages of the activity can be as follows –

• Students already familiar with word clouds as they have been used in previous lessons.
• Get students to write 20 words that sum up a topic.
• With their 20 words, ask students to underline the four most important words in their opinion.
• Students then choose a person or object that best sums up that topic.
• Students then create their word clouds in their exercise book using their 20 chosen words with their 4 top words being the largest in the word cloud and using the chosen image or person as the shape of their word cloud.

The following examples of students creating their own word clouds are from my Year 10 group who were studying the Wall Street Crash.

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